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American Folk Art Museum

Closes in 20 min: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Little gem in Lincoln Square

This small museum offers interesting, unusual and well-curated exhibits in its small space. It’s... read more

Reviewed December 8, 2018
Scarsdale, New York
Small, but worth it.

I went for a particular exhibit. The museum is located down by Lincoln Center and was easy to... read more

Reviewed September 26, 2018
Kim R
Springfield, Massachusetts
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The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. The museum preserves, conserves...more
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2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets, New York City, NY 10023-6229
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All reviews lincoln center current exhibit gift shop is self taught suggested donation free music exhibition space free admission upper west side permanent collection worth a visit less than an hour interesting exhibits new york galleries gero curator
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was lucky enough to visit the museum when there was a live jazz band playing to commemorate a much loved friend of the museum. It was a great opportunity to talk to people who support this little gem. The John Dunkley exhibition which was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Karen P
Reviewed December 8, 2018

This small museum offers interesting, unusual and well-curated exhibits in its small space. It’s worth a visit to learn about self-taught artists you might otherwise never hear about. The gift shop is one of the best. It offers a nice selection of items, many hand...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed September 26, 2018

I went for a particular exhibit. The museum is located down by Lincoln Center and was easy to find. There is no fee to enter. The exhibit space is small, but they make the most of it. The exhibit was beautiful. It took me about...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kim R
Reviewed September 1, 2018

I had not been here for awhile and I am glad I stopped to visit. The current exhibit Charting the Divine Plan: The Art of Orra White Hitchcock (1796–1863) June 12, 2018–October 14, 2018 introduced me to a little known artist and held my interest...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 23, 2018

The American Folk Art Museum is a hidden space in the middle of Lincoln Square (directly down the street from the Met Opera House). The museum is small, with 4-5 open rooms of exhibition space. The exhibits seem to rotate frequently, which may allow for...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

I wasn’t sure what to expect as I had not been to the museum since it moved to this location, but I was determined to travel there to see the War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Uniforms, made from British...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed May 14, 2018

I visited this museum on Saturday for a Mother's Day excursion to the Upper West Side. I did not know that this museum had a changing gallery, I was looking for quilts but that exhibit had moved on and it was replaced by a collection...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 5, 2018 via mobile

The exhibit I saw there, Vestiges and Verse, mainly displayed works of relatively unknown artists. Some were somewhat amateurish. I enjoyed the works of Joseph Baque the most. They were cartoonish but quite humorous. Got a kick out of them. The museum is located across...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank margaretc007
Reviewed April 27, 2018 via mobile

Very disappointing. Was expecting to see items from their 8000 object archive but NONE of this was on display. There was only an exhibition of what looked like modern art not folk art. There were more items of interest in the shop than the gallery....More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank leglessjane
Reviewed April 6, 2018

Located across the street from Lincoln Center. Free admission. Free lockers. Very well laid out. Not an overwhelming amount of galleries, but enough to satisfy. They don't seem to have a permanent collection, so every time you go it's a new exhibit. I personally love...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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October 31, 2015|
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Response from srfein |
Yes, the museum is fully wheelchair accessible. I do not know about street parking in the area, but there is a 24 hour parking garage on Broadway and 64th Streets.
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Folk Art and Antiques (3 Replies)
Anyone know any little shops or areas to purchase folk art in NYC? I've been to the American Folk Art Museum on previous visits, now I'm looking for actual shopping outside of the museum store.
January 12, 2006|
Response fromkjj63|
Thanks Whiz! I'll check it out!
New York Timings(Thanks in advance) (5 Replies)
First time in New York Dec 2014.I have had advice from people on here before and have updated/amended our itinerary several times,Can anyone advise recommended times (in minutes)that we should allow for each thing,Hoping to get through Security etcetera at airport and be in our Hotel within about two hours of landing, ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Arrive Newark 11:45am Hotel in Murray Hill(Affinia Dumont...More
September 05, 2014|
Response fromNumbers56|
I don't know how to answer your questions without knowing you. Example: when I go to a museum with my wife, she will stand in front of every item and study it, including reading every word of every description. I, on the other hand, will look at each item very quickly, stopping for a longer look at something that particularly interests me - maybe one out of every 50 items. Just one gallery can take my wife 10 minutes while I am done in 2 minutes or less. The point is, you need to look at...More
rough plan-can anyone give any other suggestions (9 Replies)
My boyfriend and I are heading to New York on the 25th of January and have come up with a rough plan and Im just wondering can anyone suggest anything else or think of any way we can save some time Wed 25 We arrive at 1pm so we're hoping to be at our hotel by about 3. We're staying at the fitzpatrick hotel, lex ave. We are planning to go straight to Bloomingdales for some shopping, then getting a horse and carriage ride in central park and heading to times square for some ice-skating at...More
January 05, 2006|
Response fromnywhiz|
I think you have maybe one too many things for each day. Day one has shopping, carriage ride and skating all between 3 pm and dinner? You'll be exhausted. Pick one thing (shopping or skating imo) and then have dinner and bed. I'd suggest the bus tour at the beginning, rather than the end of the trip. Things to do after dinner include comedy club, listen to music, go for a drink. You could even walk the Brooklyn bridge at night. Fun to dine in a new neighborhood and walk around and explore...More